Dangers of being a fisherman

The ice had left the Northumberland Strait during late March of 1958. Lobster season was able to begin as scheduled on April 30th. My father fished those years in his boat Slo-mo-Shun. Dad had built this 30-foot long open wooden boat on Pictou Island in 1951. My father powered this boat with a 289 cubic...

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Lobster Carnival ready with weekend passes

The Pictou Lobster Carnival is rolling up quickly this year. Organizers are celebrating 85 years in 2019 with some changes, the largest one being a change in presenting sponsorship. The new presenting sponsor will be the Fisherman of the Northumberland Strait. Kent Corbett, a long-time Lobster Carnival volunteer, says this change is very fitting. “The...

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The Pictou Island ‘White Woman’

I had previously written about how evenings on Pictou Island would sometimes be spent telling ghost stories. I had always considered a lot of my Pictou Island friends to be off a superstitious nature and anticipated that a lot of those ghost stories developed from a personal experience. One story which I vividly recall is...

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Women talk wellness

Women around Pictou County and beyond can look forward to a weekend of self-care, relaxation and fun with the latest upcoming Women’s Wellness retreat at Pictou Lodge. Beginning as day-long workshops, the I Am Worth It group has moved forward with their first full weekend women’s retreat that will take place May 17 to 19...

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Cow tripping in the dark

PICTOU ISLAND 1954 A very mild winter occurred 1954. There was no snow anywhere on the ground for the month of February. Pictou Island’s only dirt road was nothing but mud. March 3 was a sunny calm day and my father sailed his boat, The Slo-Mo-Shun from Pictou Island right up Pictou Harbour and tier...

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More info needed, Environment Minister to Northern Pulp

Environment Minister Margaret Miller held a press conference in Halifax on Friday to announce her decision regarding Northern Pulp’s proposal for a new wastewater treatment plant to replace the controversial Boat Harbour facility. “I have carefully reviewed the submission from Northern Pulp, the comments from our expert government reviewers, and the comments from the public,”...

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Boat ramming during lobster boat races

First snow of 1966 occurred on January 7. That was our third winter living on the mainland. I’m assuming that Mom was getting a little homesick for she wanted to spend a few days visiting with our former Pictou Island friends. On January 21 at 9 a.m., mother flew to Pictou Island from Trenton airport...

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Winter of 1960 …

It was a cold 10 degrees Fahrenheit day on January 8, 1960. On that day, a little bit of scattered ice could be seen in the Northumberland Strait for first time that year. A slight mist of rain and snow fell two days later and the Strait was then white with ice. First snowstorm of...

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The winter of 1958 …

The fall season of 1957 was very mild and there was no snow on the ground for Christmas Day. Enough snow fell on January 3, 1958 to turn the ground white but it melted over the next few days. It remained mild with still no ice in the Northumberland Strait. Bert MacLean from Pictou made...

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Elias and Sarah …

I’m going back many years to my grandparents Elias and Sarah Turple. Elias originated from around the Clam Bay area and he met Sarah Livingstone in the very early 1900s in Murray River, PEI. They married and began raising their family in Murray River but moved to Pictou Island in 1914. It was on Pictou...

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